Certified Annuity Specialist - CAS

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DEFINITION of 'Certified Annuity Specialist - CAS'

A certification indicating expertise and commitment to fixed-rate and variable annuities. Individuals with the CAS designation offer clients expert advice in regards to investment opportunities in annuities.

BREAKING DOWN 'Certified Annuity Specialist - CAS'

The CAS designation is issued by the Institute of Business & Finance through a six-module, 60-hour course and requires 15 hours per year of continuing education for the first five years following certification. The course includes an open-book case study as well as a final exam administered by the NASD.

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    The best ways to sell an annuity are to locate buyers from insurance agents or companies that specialize in connecting buyers ... Read Full Answer >>
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    Non-qualified variable annuities are tax-deferred investment vehicles with a unique tax structure. After-tax money is deposited ... Read Full Answer >>
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    If you are older than 59.5 and have been contributing to your IRA for more than five years, you may withdraw funds to pay ... Read Full Answer >>
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    You can roll qualified variable annuities, such as other qualified retirement plan accounts, into a traditional IRA. Non-qualified ... Read Full Answer >>
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